Hannah Solar Government Services PROJECT PROFILE Challenge Deliver material to large solar array on remote, Pacific island Service Project completed in three weeks $500,000 of material Package, load and dispatch 13 20-foot containers Transported from east to west coast, shipped to Hawaii and then to remote island Project cost savings $50,000 Experts in designing and building renewable energy and microgrid systems, Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) is based in Ladson, South Carolina, and is a service-disabled, veteran-owned, small business. They needed material shipped to a remote, Pacific island for a project with a tight deadline. They were looking for a partner to help them meet their timeline and needs for packing, load plans, documentation, containerization and logistics. THE SOLUTION Everything about this project was specialized. Border States had the storage and staging capabilities needed to ship material all over the world, taking care of packaging, crating, arranging shipments and tracking. THE PACKING Creating load plans and fitting materials in containers was a puzzle. As new material and equipment arrived, containers needed to be reconfigured. All pallets were stretch-wrapped from top to bottom and side to side, making them substantially secure for shipping. They were blocked/braced for loading to prevent shifting, and bulkheads were built to augment securing for conduit. Special attention was given to shipping hazardous material. THE TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING Containers were shipped by flatbed/chassis cross-country to meet HSGS’s timeline. We provided complete paperwork to team drivers in each truck, so they could drive constantly. As one truck left, another would arrive, until all containers were loaded over a 48-hour period. The containers were off-loaded at the Pacific Ocean port in California and picked up for transport to Hawaii and then the remote, Pacific island. We provided detailed manifest lists for each pallet and container to HSGS. This level of detail and communication eased the receiving process at the final destination. THE RESULTS Material was brought in, packaged and shipped in three weeks. Border States also provided a solution, so HSGS could use the containers for storage during the project and remove material and any waste at project completion from the remote location. By using Border States’ expertise in shipping material all over the world, HSGS saved roughly $50,000.